Canada book last 16 spot with win against New Zealand

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Another thing the shift to a 3-5-2 allowed was more wide play from Canada, and Saturday's was the second straight match in which the team was dominant on the flanks. "It's like you're hungry and you're eating a little bit but you're still hungry".

The Canadians now head 600 kilometres north to Reims, where they will face the eighth-ranked Netherlands on Thursday at Stade Auguste-Delaune to decide who tops Group E.

The two teams are tied on points and goal difference. "I watched the (Canada) game (against Cameroon) the other day and I think there was probably eight starting players that were with us in Canada". Placing second means a date with the Group F runner-up, likely Sweden unless the US stumbles.

"We took two steps forward. Hopefully it could be enough to put us through to the last 16".

At the same time, New Zealand will play Cameroon in Montpellier.

Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince scored second-half goals as Canada moved into the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup with a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday.

Canada dominated in Grenoble, with record scorer Christine Sinclair hitting the crossbar on 18 minutes. The Football Ferns fell 1-0 to the Oranje in their first outing. Scottish manager Tom Sermanni is in charge of New Zealand, having previously served as an assistant coach for Canada at the last World Cup. But he was not happy with his team's performance. "I thought we were thoroughly outplayed. So I think they've just carried on the progress since then". "That is what teams do in tournaments". The ball went to Kadeisha Buchanan whose header hit a defender as the game of aerial ping-pong continued.

Nichelle Prince had a breakout game against the New Zealanders.

The Canadians controlled the first half, essentially playing keepaway with the 19th-ranked New Zealand.

Nayler, though, could do nothing to prevent Canada's second goal with 11 minutes left.

"(It was) frustrating that first half. We just need to find a way through.

"It's hard to keep that up for 90 minutes defensively".

The Canadians took the lead after 48 minutes.

Sinclair nearly made it 2-0 soon after, but her redirect from in front went high.

Sinclair got up at the far post and her downward header bounced back off the woodwork and Prince was alert to knock in the rebound.

Sinclair created Canada's second goal when she headed a cross from Ashley Lawrence off the base of the goal post.

Veteran midfielder Sophie Schmidt and Sinclair called the goal-scorers before the game. Prince also tallied an assist on Fleming's opening goal. Canada outshot the Kiwis 17-2 (6-0 on target). If Canada wins the group, they'll play the Group D runner up in Rennes.

Canada extended its undefeated streak to 10 games and have yet to lose this year. Its record in five tournament appearances now stands at 0-11-3. And they had never beaten a confederation champion (New Zealand is the big fish among the Oceania minnows) at the tournament.

Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller made one lineup change, with Jayde Riviere replacing fullback Allysha Chapman in earning her World Cup debut.

The match saw Sinclair surpass the 23,000-minute mark for Canada.

Wins against Cameroon and New Zealand are fine, but tougher challenges are ahead for Canada, namely the Netherlands, who are the reigning European champions.